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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds to release 'B-Sides & Rarities Part II'

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds are set to release B-Sides & Rarities Part II on 22 October, as the long-anticipated follow up to their original celebrated deluxe album back in 2005.

In fact, they have even gone to the trouble of pairing them together for a bumper edition this time out with B-Sides & Rarities Part I and Part II also being released together as a Limited Edition Deluxe 7 Vinyl Box Set including 83 rare tracks and exclusive sleeve notes.

The album has been compiled by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis who are keeping themselves exceedingly busy, by heading off in on a UK tour in a matter of weeks, lending a soundtrack to Andrew Dominik’s forthcoming film based on Marilyn Monroe’s life, Blonde, and keeping various other irons in the fire. 

The release contains 27 rare and unreleased tracks from 2006-2020 including the original recordings of the hits ‘Skeleton Tree’, ‘Girl In Amber’ and ‘Bright Horses’.

For fans who inexplicably find it pertinent to test the water first, then you can listen to the previously unreleased track ‘Vortex’ taken from the record here. The song originates from the 2006 period between Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus and the first Grinderman record, with the band unable to decide where to place it. 

Nick Cave has celebrated the release of the record by stating: “I always liked the original B-Sides & Rarities more than any of our other albums. It’s the only one I’d listen to willingly. It seems more relaxed, even a bit nonsensical in places, but with some beautiful songs throughout. There is something, too, about the smallness of certain songs that is closer to their original spirit.”

Concluding: “B-Sides & Rarities Part II continues this strange and beautiful collection of lost songs from The Bad Seeds. I love the final side of the last disc because it reveals the small and fragile beginnings of some of my favourite Bad Seeds songs. ‘Waiting For You’ complete with bizarre ‘canning factory’ rhythm track, a gorgeous ‘Life Per Se’ deemed too sad for Skeleton Tree, and ‘Earthlings’ that some consider the finest track of the Ghosteen sessions.” 

As with all rarities records, the album promises to lift the creative curtain somewhat and reveals a whirling geyser of innovation behind the gilded tunes that bubble to the surface. It can be pre-ordered from Nick Cave’s official store, by clicking here

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